Happy National Scrapbook Day (NSD) 2019! If you are a fan of Technique Tuesday, you may already know that we usually offer a free stamp set on this quirky, crafty holiday. And that is true this year too. But instead of designing one stamp set specifically for this day and only offering that stamp set as the freebie, this year you get to choose your own set of FREE stamps or dies!
Pretty awesome, right? And get ready for even more awesome-ness. We're also having a blog hop that features those free stamps and dies.
Our creative team, along with several guest designers, have a whole bunch of projects they made using the stamps and dies in the NSD freebie section. We hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!
If you haven't met Julie yet (or watched one of her videos), you are missing out. She works here at TTWHQ (Technique Tuesday World Headquarters) and does most of our graphics. Julie has a wonderful, quirky sense of humor along with amazing coloring abilities. When she showed me this card, I started asking her questions about what she used to color the brand-new Sending Roses image. Then I noticed the sentiment and started laughing. It's from the You Aren't Normal stamp set, which is one of the products you can choose as your FREEBIE!
I hope you saw some cards, bookmarks, gift tags, or scrapbook layouts you like while you were on this blog hop!
Good morning! Julie here. Today I am welcoming Ana back to our blog. Ana used this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set and alcohol markers to make this absolutely beautiful flower card. Be still my heart! Read on...I promise you'll be inspired to make some stamped flower cards too!
When I saw this floral image, I literally ran into my craft room and stamped these beauties about 15 times! I have already made 4 cards out of the images I stamped, and I am sure I will be using all of them in a very near future.
These floral stamps are just asking to be colored, and today I am sharing a very simple alcohol marker coloring process.
I started with cutting a piece of heavyweight cardstock to 5” x 10” and scoring it at 5”. Next, I cut a piece of marker paper to 4 ¾ x 4 ¾ and using my stamp positioner, stamped the sentiment in the center and Meadow Flowers image in all four corners with alcohol marker friendly ink.
I colored the stems first with Copic markers using a 3-color blend (G99, G94 and G21).
For the flowers I used 4-color blend (AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4) and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
For the stamen I chose dark yellow color I thought would look most realistic and work with the color of the flowers (below is a close up).
Once the images were colored, I added craft foam to the back of the panel and adhered it to a piece of black layering cardstock, then adhered the completed piece to the card base.
For a little bit of shine and interest, I added glass droplets.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and until next time I wish you Happy Crafting!
Oh, such a lovely stamped flower card! I love the rich colors she used to color the flowers framing the sentiment. I hope you're inspired to go and make a gorgeous flower card like this with the Meadow Flowers stamp set, or one of the other flowers in the Greenhouse Society collection.
PS: Greenhouse Society members, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you earlier this month. I hope you get them out and make a stamped flower card like this one!
Hi Technique Tuesday blog followers! Bev here today to introduce Natasha Kara to all of you. Two of the many things I like about Natasha are the sense of fun and the lovely colors she brings to all of her projects. Today she shows us how to make a super-cute monkey card. I hope her project inspires you to stamp some monkey cards of your own!
Today I am here to share a cute stamped monkey card I made using the new Monkey Business stamp set, and the matching Monkey Business dies. I loved the idea of the monkeys getting up to mischief. Don't they just look like they are up to no good? 😂 When I read this sentiment all I could think about was using it on a card for a new baby.
So, to make this card, I chose an appropriate pattern paper for the background. I wasn't sure how many monkeys I would need, so I stamped a LOT of them, as well as a bunch of extra bananas, and coloured them in with copic markers. I also die cut a rectangle frame. I wanted the little guys to look like they were climbing all over the place and getting up to some monkey business.
Once I had all the monkeys and bananas coloured, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment onto some black card stock with some bright white Wow embossing powder. All that was left to do was assemble the card. I played around with where the monkeys should go and how many to use. I then glued everything together onto a 4.25 X 5.5 card base.
Well, that's all from me for today. Thanks for joining me and I hope you are having a wonderful day wherever you are.
Oh, I am so glad Natasha could share her monkey project with us! Her stamped monkeys really do look very mischievous. She's inspired me to stamp some monkey-themed birthday and thank you cards for my fun loving friends and family members!
As always, I'd like to invite all of you to leave a comment here on our blog. It means a lot to us and the design team members when we hear from you!
PS: Animal House auto-ship members...these cute monkeys were in your April shipment. I hope this project inspires you to get them out and make some stamped monkey cards of your own!
Hi Technique Tuesday friends! Bev here with a happy blog post. Today I get to officially announce that Norine Borys is joining our design team. Norine has been making projects using Technique Tuesday products for a long time. So when I asked her to join our design team, I told her that she could choose which line of products she wanted to use. I thought she would choose the flowers from our Greenhouse Society Collection. But instead she choose the cute critters in the Animal House Collection. I can't wait to see how she uses the hand-drawn animal stamps and punny sentiments to make cards, tags, and party decor projects!
Hello Technique Tuesday friends! It’s Norine Borys here with you today! I’d like to introduce myself, and tell you that I’m delighted to be here as a contributor to all the wonderful inspiration that the Technique Tuesday blog provides!
I’m a Canadian girl, living in the US, wife of 1 (lol), mom of 4 + spouses and SO’s, and best of all, Grand-mimi to 2 perfect little grandbabies! I love ALL types of arts and crafts and with the exception of paper quilling, have tried most of them at some point. This is my first month to work with the current TT release, and to post here and I hope, the beginning of something long and beautiful! I had fun this month with the Monkey Business stamps and matching dies. I meannn, who wouldn’t?
I began by covering an A2 sized card panel of cardstock with the two swinging monkey images. I stamped with brown ink, then trimmed ⅛” off each side.
I stamped the 3rd monkey (Football Huddle Monkey as I’ve taken to calling him) image onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with alcohol friendly ink, and colored him with Copic markers before die cutting him out. I also die cut another 3 of the same shape and glued them in a stack to give the colored image some extra dimension.
I used some stitched border dies to create interest on the top and bottom edges of a wide strip of brown cardstock on which I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment. Then I wrapped the brown strip with thin jute string and layered that over the stamped background panel. Finally, I adhered the Copic-colored monkey stack, a few matching enamel dots and this card is complete. Pretty simple, but dang cute if you ask me!
Thank you for visiting the blog today and have a wonderful day!
Thanks so much for sharing your Monkey Business card with us, Norine! I don't think I'm ever going to look at that tough, little monkey stamp without thinking there's Football Huddle Monkey.
As always, I'd like to invite all of you to leave a comment here on our blog. It means a lot to us and the design team members when we hear from you!
PS: Are you a member of the Animal House auto-ship program? If so, we shipped these cute monkeys to you last week. I hope Norine's project inspires you to get them out and make some stamped monkey projects of your own!
Hi all! Julie here to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. Today she's sharing an ink smooshing tutorial with us. To make her bright, beautiful cards, she used an acrylic block, the Meadow Flower Stamp Set, the Essential Stitched Labels Dies, and some Distress Inks. I can't wait to try this block printing technique with the Meadow Flowers myself!
Good Morning and Welcome! It is Dana here today sharing a couple of cards made using this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set. This is such a gorgeous flower stamp set with so many possibilities.
To begin my card, I created my backgrounds. I used Distress Ink and a clear acrylic block. I smooshed the ink onto my clear block and spritzed my block with water. For my first card, I used Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The little cubes are the perfect size for this acrylic block stamping technique.
Next, I flipped the block over onto a piece of watercolor paper. I placed something heavy (to apply light pressure) on my block and let it sit for a few minutes. Once I removed my block, I used a paper towel to pick up any extra water left behind.
Once my background was dry I began working on my card design. I stamped the flower with black ink onto my card panel. Next, I added clear embossing powder to the flower images for some added shine. I attached my card panel to a black cardstock mat.
For my next card, I used Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for my background. I once again stamped the flower image and applied clear embossing powder. This time I added the sentiment directly to my card panel to keep things clean and simple. I once again added a black mat and then attached everything to an A2 card base.
I hope you enjoyed my cards today and give this ink smooshing technique a try. It is definitely a favorite of mine.
Thanks, Dana, for sharing this block printing technique with us, and for making these beautiful cards with the Meadow Flowers stamp set.
PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you last week.
Hi Friends of Technique Tuesday! I am so happy to welcome the very talented Dana Kirby to our blog today. She is sharing a gorgeous card she made with the Fresh Peonies stamps and matching dies. I know you'll appreciate how Dana shares all the marker colors and ink colors so you can make fabulous cards like hers!
I started my card by stamping my Peonies in a watercolor friendly ink. I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Pens (yellow, light green, medium green, and orange) to watercolor my flower image.
For my card front, I first created my background. I used Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade. I blended the three colors onto my background, spritzed my background with a little water and then splattered on a little white paint.
Hi everyone, Happy Monday Morning! This is Bev and today we are welcoming Allison Arbour and Robbie the Raccoon to our blog. Allison has put together this playful raccoon card and a tutorial to go with it. I hope her project and tutorial inspire you to make some cute raccoon projects of your own! Here's Allison...
Step 1: I stamped Robbie and the sentiment on a white piece of cardstock. I used Versafine ink, and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. Using Copic markers (colors W1, W3,W5, & R11) I colored Robbie in, then die cut him using the matching die. Then I cut out the sentiment using the smallest label in the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.
Step 2: Next I die cut the largest label from a piece of white cardstock. I used the negative space as a frame for the card and stamped Robbie’s feet in Versafine ink. I heat embossed the feet using clear embossing powder.
Step 3: Next I lightly watercolored the label with Distress Inks. I used Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber.
Step 4: Finally, I glued the watercolor panel down to the card base. I popped up the sentiment and frame using foam tape to add dimension. Then I cut a small slit between Robbie’s tail and body so that I could wrap his tail around the bottom of the frame. I added a drop of glue to keep Robbie in place and a piece of foam tape behind his head to prop it up.
Thanks so much for sharing your Robbie the Raccoon card with us, Allison!
If you are a member of the Animal House auto-ship program, we shipped Robbie to you earlier this month. I hope Allison's project inspires you to get out your raccoon stamps & sentiments and use them on your own projects. Not a member? Robbie and his matching dies are available for individual purchase on our website.
Hi Everyone! This is Bev. Today we are welcoming the very creative Ana Anderson to our blog! I am so glad you are joining us. And you're going to be happy too when you see Ana's beautiful classic card and her step-by-step instructions! Take it away, Ana.
When I first saw this Fresh Peonies stamp set I couldn’t wait to color it with as many coloring mediums as I could think of. For today’s card I chose to watercolor this beautiful image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.
To start I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink and chose the marker colors I would be using on it – Dark Pink and Light Pink for the flowers and Mid Green, Pale Green and Deep Green for the leaves.
Hello, Julie here. Today I am sharing a video showing you how to use masking to create a watercolor background on a flower card. (I've also made a step-by-step tutorial of the same project, in case you would rather read than listen.) I used the the Kind Cosmo stamp set for my card but this technique would work well with many of the stamp sets in the Greenhouse Society Collection.
To begin I stamped my Kind Cosmo image on watercolor paper with waterproof ink.
Marking the background
First step was figuring out and marking where I wanted my background to be. I used a ruler that has a zero in the middle on one side, so I could keep things symmetrical. I decided that I wanted my masked background to be two inches wide. I centered the ruler at the top of the page, marked it at 1 inch on each side of the zero, and then I marked the same points down at the bottom. Next was the height of the masked area. I decided that the masked area should be 2.5 inches tall, and that it didn’t need to be centered top to bottom, so I centered the ruler vertically on the side, then looked at my zero and marked 1 inch below zero, and 1.5 inches above. I marked that on each side, and then used the ruler to find and mark where the lines intersected with little tiny pencil marks. I didn’t want those marks to be very big or dark, so they’d erase easily later.
Next was the masking part. I took my washi tape, and stuck it down just over those little marks, so that it barely covered them. This is so that when it came time to remove the mask and erase the lines, I wasn't erasing through paint. I put down all four sides and pressed the tape down to seal it. I sealed it well enough that paint couldn’t get under it, but not so well that when I removed it I tore the paper.
Starting the Gradation
Once the masking was done, I was ready to start my painting. I wanted my background to be sort of a gradient from green to blue. I got my watercolors set up, along with my handy dandy water pen, and a piece of paper towel. I started out with my water wash. I didn't start out all that precisely, because it’s just open background space, but I did get precise when I came to around the edges of the flowers. I wanted them to be white, which is why I decided to do a background – so they’d stand out, and not look like I just didn’t bother to color.
I took the green about half way up, and then started in with the turquoise. I started with the wash, and as I went I took the opportunity to touch up a bit of the green that didn’t go on quite as smoothly as I would have liked. I overlapped the green a bit to get a smooth gradation, adding a little green to the turquoise. Once again, I went more slowly and precisely around the edges of the flowers. I spread the turquoise to about three quarters of the way up the background. I went back in around the edges of the flowers and darkened the color up just a touch to add contrast.
I kept an eye on it as it dried, since as I go back over previous colors, sometimes I end up with uneven spots. When that happens, I just go back in with my color and touch things up.
I started in on my darker, bluer blue next, beginning with the water wash before the blue. I got tired of adding blue slowly, so I added a bit more water to my blue paint block, and picked up a lot of color on my brush. Because I got my water wash in really well, I could just touch my brush to the page, and my extra intense load of color flowed from the corner beautifully. I may have put a bit too much color in here, but I just used my brush and clean water to pick up and spread it out a bit. If I had decided that this was too much color to spread around, I could have used a dry paper towel to blot it up while it was still super wet, and then started over again.
And because I had such an intense bit of blue here, I added a bit more of the turquoise to balance the intensity.
Next were the centers. First the water wash, and then I went in to the centers of the flowers, adding a bit of yellow to each. As Bev has pointed out, cosmos come in all kinds of colors, but they all have a nice yellow center. So you can be pretty creative with the color of the petals, and as long as it has the yellow center, you’re good. I added a little bit of orange for some shading, and kept going on it. I went back into the colors, adding a bit more color, smoothing and spreading the color some more, and then darkened the color around the flowers for some extra contrast.
Next I very carefully took off my masking tape. I went very slowly so I could stop if the paper started to tear, and I pulled it off at a very sharp angle, which seems to help avoid the tearing.
After the tape was all off, I took a clean eraser (clean is important, as a dirty eraser can leave marks) and removed my little marks. The corner marks are most important, because I planned to cut the paper down to go on my card and would end up cutting off the marks on the edges anyway. I went around and erased all the marks.
As you can see, my example piece has been cut down to about 4 by 5.25 inches, and put on a 4.25 by 5.5 inch card front. My final piece is on the right. I really had fun with this project!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about masking a background and that you can use something like this on your next project. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Thursday Morning Everyone! This is Bev here with a quick introduction. Today I am happy to welcome Yasmin Diaz to the Technique Tuesday blog. Yasmin is an amazing card making artist. I know you will enjoy seeing her tutorial and the beautiful cards she made with the new Fresh Peonies stamps and matching dies!
Hi everyone, Yasmin here. Today I’m thrilled to be sharing these friendship cards that I created featuring the Fresh Peonies Stamp Set and Fresh Peonies Crafting Dies. They were so much fun and easy to make, so in today’s post I’ll be sharing with how I white heat embossed, and water colored them! Without further ado, let’s jump into the tutorial.
To begin with I started by scoring two A2 standard size white card bases, and I set them aside while I started working on the card panels. For the first card I white heat-embossed the peony cluster directly on the watercolor card panel, and I water colored with coral and green tones. Then, to make it stand out, I added a touch of light blue to the background. Once the water coloring was dry I gold heat-embossed one of the sentiments, and to finish it off I adhered the back of it with double sided tape to one of the white card bases.
For the second card I white heat embossed the peonies on a piece of watercolor paper, then I water colored it with orange and green tones. Once the water coloring was done, I set it aside while I ran though the die cutting machine a piece of gold mirrored card stock along with the Friend die included in the fresh peonies crafting dies, as I wanted to combine the ‘Friend’ word with one of sentiments from the stamp set. For the card layout I adhered the friend word in one of the lower sides of the card, and then I gold heat embossed one of the sentiments underneath it. Finally, I used the Fresh Peonies crafting die to die cut the peonies cluster. And to finish it off I adhered the peony cluster above the sentiment, and I adhered the card panel to the other white card base.
Here is a closer look on the die cutting and heat embossing along with the water coloring using the beautiful Fresh Peonies stamps and crafting dies.
I hope you had a great time here with me, and most of all that you get a bit of inspiration from the cards that I shared today. Thank you and happy crafting.
Written by Yasmin Diaz. All photography provided by Yasmin Diaz.